R11m for eyes in the sky

2019-04-23 06:00

Mitchell’s Plain’s public transport interchanges (PTIs) is one of the PTIs that will benefit from the City’s initiative to install high-tech CCTV cameras.

Other areas to benefit from the roll out include Claremont, Wynberg, Cape Town Station Deck, Khayelitsha and Bellville.

The investment in the roll-out of the CCTV cameras at nine of the City’s minibus taxi ranks amounts to R11.4m.

“We’ll be installing 159 CCTV cameras at nine minibus-taxi ranks. In fact, 54 CCTV cameras have already been installed at the public transport facilities in Wynberg, Claremont, and the Cape Town Station Deck. The CCTV camera project will boost the safety of our commuters and operators in the various communities where the PTIs and the MyCiTi stations are located,” said the Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase.

The footage will be viewed as it happens and will be recorded so that if it is needed, it can be used for prosecution purposes.

Apart from the safety aspect, the cameras also boast technology that will provide the Transport Directorate with important information about the lengths of queues and waiting times at the PTIs with lane-designated destinations, commuter counting and Internet-of-Things (IOT) sensors to provide traffic data.

The cameras are not only to serve the security aspect but also to boost the technology that will help in tackling information regarding the commuters, information such as a waiting period for the commuters.

This will then assist in determining as to how many cameras to be installed at each PTI. There are PTIs whose CCTV cameras have already been installed.

It can combat “overloading and will assist to improve the safety of commuters, of drivers and of other road users.

“Thus, this technology could be used to prevent an overloaded taxi from leaving a PTI,” said Purchase. There are currently 79 PTIs across the city.

The cameras are all high resolution Static and Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ).

Where access control is specified, we are also installing license plate recognition cameras along with the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers which will read the RFID-enabled rank tokens, at the booms, as part of the access control solution.

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